Today marks the start of Golden Globes weekend and though I’d much rather be in Hollywood interviewing artists on the red carpet, I’m still excited for the telecast regardless of my location. Granted, I don’t watch any of the nominated TV shows nor have I seen any of the film nominees, but this is the time when I decide which ones interest me enough to spend my time or money.
I originally planned to host a viewing party, as I’ve done in years past. However, this year’s viewing will be a low-key event involving my couch and some themed desserts. As I look ahead to Sunday’s telecast, I included some of my earlier blog entries regarding award shows and why they fascinate me so.
CHAMPION THE ARTS – “...So while my friends and family may plan for the big play-off party I’ll be waiting with excitement for the upcoming entertainment award show season.”
A GOLDEN REQUEST – “I have no desire of ever attending a Super Bowl but I do have a goal of going to each major award show at least once in my lifetime. And the Golden Globes are the ones I seek to attend next!”
REQUEST DENIED – “I arranged to visit my sister and her family in Los Angeles once I found out the date of the Golden Globes. I figured I’d multi-task; spend time with family and check off “attend the Golden Globes” from my bucket list. ”
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Sports fans wear the jerseys of their favorite players, assemble fantasy leagues, and paint their faces to show their team pride. They can spout off trivia facts and engage in passionate “discussions” as to the success and failures of their hometown teams.
A similar group of individuals exist in the entertainment industry. We can list off random facts about our favorite actor, actress, writer or director. We write letters of support or complaint to media outlets and/or the particular interested parties. And like our athletic counterparts, we have in-depth “discussions” about our favorite moments. Or more precise…we disagree about which character should be romantically paired with another.
We look forward to our favorite TV shows as much as a football fan readies for Sunday night. While our sporting counterparts gather with friends and family to drink beer, eat wings, and scream at the referees, we take to the internet to re-hash the positives and negatives of the prior night’s episode.
We watch the special features to learn about the casting process, the set design choices, and the adaptation from book/stage to screen. We read interviews from the screenwriter to gain insight into the finished work he/she created. We stand at the stage door after a theatrical performance just to get a picture, signature or to manage an “I loved it!” We find inspiration and motivation from those who’ve chosen the entertainment industry as their mode of creative expression.
While some of us may yearn to one day play a role in front of or behind the camera, there are just as many who merely want to show their appreciation for a job well done. Who want to say “Thank You” for creating something that made a difference in their lives. For giving us an opportunity to look at our life from a different point of view. To pause and reflect upon the choices we’ve made and to perhaps reconsider a path we were headed towards.
So while my friends and family may plan for the big play-off party I’ll be waiting with excitement for the upcoming entertainment award show season. May the best team win!